Primary Election: June 26, 2018



Jessica Fitzwater is a Democrat running for Frederick County Council in the new Council District 4. Jessica is a music teacher, a passionate education and community activist, and resident of Fredericktowne Village where she lives with her husband.

Born and raised in Smithsburg, MD, Jessica is a lifelong Marylander who has been living in Frederick City for the past eight years. Her mother, a special education teacher, and father, a musician and arts activist, set the stage for her career in arts education and passion for public service. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Hood College.

Jessica is a music teacher at Oakdale Elementary School, where she directs an extracurricular chorus and dance club, and has served in several leadership capacities at the school and county level. A product of public schools, Jessica is a firm believer that every child has the right to a high quality education. Through her work in the classroom, she inspires young children to express themselves, become risk-takers, and work cooperatively with one another.

Jessica believes that the arts play a critical role in our culture and society. She has been actively engaged in the Frederick community through her work with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra and Equinox Dance Company.

In 2012 Jessica was named one of the Frederick News Post’s 13 Young Professionals Under 30.

Jessica serves on the Board of Directors of the Frederick County Teachers Association and the Legislative Committee of the Maryland State Education Association. In 2012, Jessica was named an MSEA Emerging Leader for her advocacy efforts within the field. For the past four years she has served as an elected delegate to the MSEA and NEA Representative Assemblies, where educators gather to discuss critical issues revolving around education reform and to advocate for students, schools, and teachers.

Jessica was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Frederick Arts Council where she works to support artists and arts organizations. As a member of the board, Jessica is strengthening the arts council’s connections to the school system and working to ensure that arts groups from around the county, not just Frederick City, are represented.

As a graduate of Emerge Maryland, a prestigious political leadership program for Democratic women, Jessica is engaged with the best and brightest of Maryland’s political leaders. Frederick County and the state of Maryland are lacking in the number of women elected to office. She believes that women and young families need a representative at the county level.

Jessica is an active member of the Young Democrats of Frederick County and is a member of the League of Women Voters.

By the Authority of Friends of Jessica Fitzwater, Karen Yoho, Treasurer

   Friends of Jessica Fitzwater
   P.O. Box 661
   New Market, MD 21774